Covid-19 toll reaches 60 with two more deaths; 381 new cases confirmed in past 24 hoursHealth Ministry says two persons—an 18-year-old and a 46-year-old—from Parsa became the latest victims of the disease.
Nepal on Wednesday confirmed two more Covid-19-related deaths and 381 new cases, taking the toll to 60 and total cases to 21,390.
Two persons—an 18-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man—from Parsa have died of the disease, said Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Jageshwor Gautam, during a regular briefing on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old woman of Pokhariya Municipality ward 9 died on her way to a hospital in Birgunj on August 3. She was suffering from diarrhoea. Her swab was tested at the lab in Narayani Hospital, which found her Covid-19-positive.
The man from Birgunj Metropolitan City ward 5 died at a temporary Covid hospital in Birgunj on Wednesday morning. The patient with diabetes was admitted for symptoms of fever and cough. He was being treated in isolation after his swab tested positive on August 3.
The ministry also confirmed 381 new cases from 6,359 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests carried out in the past 24 hours.
Samples of 151 individuals from Parsa, 57 from Kathmandu, 28 from Bara, 17 each from Mahottari and Syangja, 14 from Morang, 13 from Banke, 12 from Dhanusha, 11 each from Bajhang, 10 from Surkhet, nine from Kapilvastu, eight from Saptari, five each from Lalitpur and Sarlahi, four from Makwanpur, three from Gorkha, two each from Baglung, Dhading, Ilam, Rautahat, Siraha and Sunsari and one each from Dang, Kalikot, Kaski, Sindhupalchok and Udaypur tested positive for the coronavirus.
One death and 259 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday. On Monday, the Health Ministry had reported 418 new cases, compared to one death and 246 new cases on Sunday and 315 new cases on Saturday. While four Covid-19 related deaths and 224 new cases were confirmed on Friday, three deaths and 274 new cases were recorded on Thursday.
The ministry said 15,156, or 70.8 percent of the total infected individuals, have made successful recoveries after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Dr Gautam said 130 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours.
As many as 412,953 PCR tests have been performed in the country so far.
Seven districts—Khotang, Dhankuta, Bhojpur, Sankhuwasabha, Manang, Mustang and Rukum (West)—don’t have any active cases, according to the ministry.Track all Covid-19 cases in Nepal here.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of September 22, 2020
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19, short for coronavirus disease, is an illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, short for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Common symptoms of the disease include fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
How contagious is Covid-19?
Covid-19 can spread easily from person to person, especially in enclosed spaces. The virus can travel through the air in respiratory droplets produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. As the virus can also survive on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours, any contact with such surfaces can also spread the virus. Symptoms take between two to 14 days to appear, during which time the carrier is believed to be contagious.
Where did the virus come from?
The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December. The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that is responsible for everything from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). After an initial outbreak in Wuhan that spread across Hubei province, eventually infecting over 80,000 and killing more than 3,000, new infection rates in mainland China have dropped. However, the disease has since spread across the world at an alarming rate.
What is the current status of Covid-19?
The World Health Organisation has called the ongoing outbreak a “pandemic” and urged countries across the world to take precautionary measures. Covid-19 has spread to 213 countries and territories around the world and infected more than 31,405,983 people with 967,505 deaths and 22,990,260 recoveries. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 5,557,573 with 88,943 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 306,304 confirmed cases with 6,420 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 65,276 cases with 427 deaths.
How dangerous is the disease?
The mortality rate for Covid-19 is estimated to be 3.6 percent, but new studies have put the rate slightly higher at 5.7 percent. Although Covid-19 is not too dangerous to young healthy people, older individuals and those with immune-compromised systems are at greater risk of death. People with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, or those who’ve recently undergone serious medical procedures, are also at risk.
How do I keep myself safe?
The WHO advises that the most important thing you can do is wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol content. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces like your computers and phones. Avoid large crowds of people. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist for longer than a few days.
Is it time to panic?
No. The government has imposed a lockdown to limit the spread of the virus. There is no need to begin stockpiling food, cooking gas or hand sanitizers. However, it is always prudent to take sensible precautions like the ones identified above.